The sunny Nina Simone mural in downtown Raleigh is about to set

A mural of Nina Simone hangs on the outside of the Raleigh Convention Center as part of artist Olek's "Love Across the USA" project. She worked with a team of Raleigh artists to knit and install the piece in October 2017. Jessica Banov

Downtown Raleigh’s Nina Simone mural is about to come down after brightening up South Salisbury Street for almost nine months.

If you haven’t taken any pictures or selfies of the massive pink-and-orange yarn art, you have until Friday morning.

Starting about 9 a.m. Friday, the 40-foot-by-20-foot mural will come down from the east-facing wall of the Raleigh Convention Center, along South Salisbury Street.

The mural, emblazoned with the lyric of a Beatles song Simone recorded in 1971, is the work of Polish-born “yarn bomb” crochet artist Olek.

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